Gaza crisis: Nigeria condemns killing of 58 Palestinian protesters

Gaza crisis: Nigeria condemns killing of 58 Palestinian protesters

In an interview with Baladna TV, a private Palestinian news outlet that broadcasts via Facebook, senior Hamas official Salah Bardawil said 50 out of the almost 60 protesters killed Monday were Hamas members, with the others being "from the people".

Similar to the U.S. Embassy inauguration, the Guatemalan event brought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and prominent worldwide supporters of Israel, including GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and a smattering of evangelical leaders.

Traditionally, May 15th is the day Palestinians mark the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe".

Countries have summoned and recalled ambassadors, the United Nations has issued condemnations and some have called for an investigation of Israel's actions.

The ministry said Wednesday that its ambassadors to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria were being called home for consultations.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said Guatemala was a "friend" which had also followed the USA to be the second country to recognise Israel 70 years ago.

On Wednesday, Erdogan also said the Gaza bloodshed showed "the United Nations has collapsed".

Gaza protesters have hurled flaming tires, firebombs and stones toward Israeli troops, and tried to attack the border fence. No casualties were reported by either side.

Israel has said it carried out airstrikes on what it described as militant sites in Gaza in response to machine gun fire that hit a building in the Israeli city of Sderot. Fridays normally see protesters turn out in larger numbers.

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".when we talk about "peaceful resistance" we are deceiving the public", Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar unabashedly pronounced in an interview with Al-Jazeera.

Patientswith gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza's under-equipped and overwhelmed hospitals, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war. Hamas appealed to the world, claiming Israeli forces killed 62 Palestinians. Albardawil was responding to a question about Hamas sending kids to die in the border riots as political fodder.

"At one point, we had 500 cases arrive at once", al-Sahabani said. "So this has to be measured not against some ideal of a nonlethal solution, but against Hamas's purposes and what would have happened if they had breached the fence".

"The blockade of Gaza is inhumane and must end", he added. Gaza has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the world.

The start of the holy month of Ramadan on Thursday, when Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, could limit the scale of the demonstrations. The factions said the fasting would be taken into account but marches would continue through early June. "The government and the people of Pakistan would continue supporting their Palestinian brethren and present their case at every forum", the statement said quoting the prime minister. Abandon the fantasy that says Israel will disappear.

Israeli officials quickly seized upon his remarks.

'Those who suggest the violence has anything to do with the USA location of the embassy are sorely mistaken'. Paraguay is slated to do the same next week.

The killings overshadowed the opening of the new US embassy in occupied Jerusalem, relocated from Tel Aviv in fulfillment of a campaign promise by US President Donald Trump, whose daughter Ivanka attended the inaugural ceremony.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it annexed after the 1967 conflict, as its capital. The eastern half of the city has always been envisioned as the capital of a Palestinian state, if and when a two-state solution is negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians.